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Friday, September 28, 2018

bald-faced-hornet

A bald faced hornet on bug bane

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently 52 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.08”. We picked up 0.27” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 67, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

Light rainfall this morning will quickly taper off with some clearing skies anticipated by this afternoon. Temperatures will warm into the 60s on south winds. A cold front will swing through overnight tonight bringing clouds and scattered showers over northern New York into the northern Greens tonight. These
showers should taper off on Saturday morning, giving way to increasing sunshine and cool temperatures as high pressure builds in for the remainder of the weekend.

Any lingering light rain this morning will give way to partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 40s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 40s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 50.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 46 and a high of 65.
The record low was 26 in 1947.
The record high was 83 in 2014.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:46AM
Sunset: 6:38PM
Length of day: 11:52:02
Today will be 3:02 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18 days old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:53PM
Moonset: 10:14AM

About Today’s Photo:

The bug bane in our ornamental garden is in full and very fragrant bloom. I’m not sure why they call it bug “bane” as the bugs sure do seem to like it. There were a good dozen bald faced hornets enjoying the nectar yesterday along with various flies and a bee or two.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/125″ exposure.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

orb-weaver

An orb weaver spider busy building her web in our garage

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 51 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 30.14” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.55” of much needed rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

With the passage of a cold front yesterday and its accompanying showers, temperatures will be near normal today under high level clouds. Tonight these clouds will lower with light rain overspreading central and southern Vermont into parts of the northern ‘Dacks by Friday morning. This rain should taper off by midday Friday with temperatures holding mainly in the mid 50s to mid 60s. Another weak shortwave will deliver additional showers late Friday night into Saturday, with fall like temperatures prevailing.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with a slight chance of light rain until midnight, then light rain likely south after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday should start out mostly cloudy with light rain likely in the morning, then become partly sunny with a slight chance of light rain in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers late. Lows will be in the upper 40s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of morning showers. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph.
Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a low of 62 and a high of 88.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 46 and a high of 65.
The record high was 90 in 2017.
The record low was 27 in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44AM
Sunset: 6:40PM
Length of day: 11:55:04
Today will be 3:02 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:21PM
Moonset: 9:07AM

About Today’s Photo:

Our garage is apparently the place to be if you’re an orb weaver spider this time of year. I counted no fewer than 8 that I could see sitting patiently in their webs awaiting some hapless prey. They varied in size from the maybe the width of my pinky to as big around as my thumb. This particular spider was busy crafting her web in the light of one of the side windows. I watched for several minutes as she methodically spun.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/80″ exposure.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

bumble-hawksweed

A logy bumblebee on yellow hawksweed

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a balmy 70 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-10 mph and gusting to 20. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.88” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.19” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 65, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

We’ve got a potentially wild and wooly day on tap today. The warm front that lifted juicy air into the region overnight will continue to bring scattered showers across the region this morning. A strong cold front will move through later this afternoon and evening kicking off more showers and thunderstorms, with strong to locally severe storms possible this afternoon. The primary threat will be isolated to scattered damaging wind gusts, along with torrential downpours and frequent cloud to ground lightning. Cooler and drier weather returns for Thursday into Friday as high pressure builds in. A chance of scattered showers with near normal temperatures are anticipated this upcoming weekend.

We’ll see chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Temperatures will remain near steady with highs in the lower 70s and south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with showers likely until midnight, then become partly cloudy after midnight. It’l be less humid with lows in the upper 40s and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph, becoming northwesterly after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 60s and northwest winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and southeast winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 88 and a low of 62.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 47° and a high of 66°.
The record low was 27° in 1947.
The record high was 91° in 2017.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.12″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43AM
Sunset: 6:41PM
Length of day: 11:58:06
Today will be 3:02 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.9 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:53PM
Moonset: 8:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

With the pollinating season winding down, worker bumblebees (which this individual most likely is) are getting in their last licks before dying as cold weather sets in. Queens will hibernate (diapause) underground for the winter and restart their colonies come springtime using the eggs fertilized by males the fall before.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  140mm, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/800″ exposure.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

common-ringed-plover

A common ringed plover on the shore at Pointe Au Roche

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently a blustery 52 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 65%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 30.41” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 62, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

A warm front lifting through the region today will deliver a rainy and cool day with temperatures in the mid 50s to lower 60s. The steadier rainfall should taper off to scattered showers tonight with temperatures warming into the 70s by Wednesday. A strong cold front will move through the region Wednesday kicking off afternoon showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some stronger storms will be capable of damaging wind gusts and brief heavy rainfall. Cooler and drier weather returns for Thursday into Friday.

We’ll see rain today with highs in the upper 50s and southeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight should be cloudy with rain likely until midnight, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds in the afternoon. It’ll be much warmer with highs in the mid 70s and south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Wednesday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the mid 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 60s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 90 and a low of 60.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 46° and a high of 65°.
The record low was 28° in 1963.
The record high was 85° in 1891 (don’t really understand this as we had the previously mentioned 90 on this date…)
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.12″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42AM
Sunset: 6:43PM
Length of day: 12:01:08
Today will be 3:02 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:26PM
Moonset: 6:58AM

About Today’s Photo:

While walking the shoreline of Pointe Au Roche State Park on the New York side of Lake Champlain, we disturbed a small flock of common ringed plovers. Most took flight down the beach, but this juvenile stuck around long enough to let me get in close for a decent shot.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800,  f/8, 1/400″ exposure.


Monday, September 24, 2018

purple-stemmed-aster

Decidedly purple purple-stemmed asters

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 41 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 30.54” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 67, and the overnight low was 37.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely fall day on tap as high pressure remains in control over the region. Tonight, high pressure will shift east and offshore over the Canadian Maritimes, allowing for a more active weather pattern to return to the region. A
warm front will push through the region Tuesday bringing breezy conditions and widespread rain. A cold front will then move through Wednesday, bringing more showers and possibly some thunderstorms during the afternoon. Behind the frontal passage, Thursday looks drier as high pressure settles in once again.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs around 60 and light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 40s and southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Tuesday rain is likely. Highs will be in the upper 50s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tuesday night rain is likely. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms. It’ll be much warmer with highs in the mid 70s and south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Wednesday night showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 47° and a high of 66°.
The record low was 25° in 1963.
The record high was 84° in 1961.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.12″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:41AM
Sunset: 6:45PM
Length of day: 12:04:10
Today will be 3:02 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is the full Harvest Moon, 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:00PM
Moonset: 5:55AM

About Today’s Photo:

We came across these decidedly purple purple-stemmed asters while walking at Pointe Au Roche State Park the other day. Usually the petals of this variety of aster or more blueish in color.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  84mm, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Friday, September 21, 2018

least-sandpiper

A least sandpiper along the shore at Pointe Au Roche State Park

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 62 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-8 mph. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.12” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 64, and the overnight low was 54.

There is a Wind Advisory in effect today from noon today until 10:00PM this evening for the northern of the Champlain Valley.

Forecast:

Strong low pressure over the western Great Lakes this morning will lift a warm front through the region today bringing scattered showers and gusty southerly/southwesterly winds which will strengthen through the day, peaking during the late afternoon/early evening hours. A trailing cold front will bring another round of showers and potentially some embedded thunderstorms this evening through the overnight hours. Following the passage of the cold front,
cooler and drier weather is expected for the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely this morning, then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. It’ll be windy with highs in the upper 60s and south winds 15 to 25 mph with gusting up to 40 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight showers are likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms. It’ll be windy with lows around 50 with southwest winds 20 to 30 mph and gusting up to 45 mph. then becoming westerly 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the lower 40s and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 49.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 49° and a high of 68°.
The record low was 29° in 1929.
The record high was 89° in 1914.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:37AM
Sunset: 6:51PM
Length of day: 12:13:17
tomorrow will be 3:02 shorter than today.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.2 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:34PM
Moonset: 2:53AM

I’ll be out of town tomorrow so I wanted to mention that the Autumnal Equinox will occur tomorrow at 9:54PM EDT. This marks the point in the earth’s orbit around the sun when earth’s axial tilt is perpendicular to the sun and day and night are just about equal in length (but not quite. Click here for more on this….) It marks the first day of astronomical fall for the northern hemisphere (spring for the south). Here’s a handy graphic showing the axial tilt of the earth’s pole and its relationship to the sun.

seasons_solstice_equinox_NASA

About Today’s Photo:

We motored over to Pointe Au Roches State Park on the New York side of Lake Champlain yesterday. There’s a lovely sand beach there where this least sandpiper (I think!) was poking about at the shoreline. It was pretty tame allowing me to get close for a decent shot.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

wild-grapes

Wild grapes ripening along the Main Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’ currently a cool 54 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 29.94” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

Morning clouds and fog will give way to partial sunshine this afternoon as high pressure builds into the region along with a noticeably cooler airmass. Temperatures gradually warm by Thursday into Friday before a strong cold front and associated showers push through Friday evening. Behind this front cooler and drier weather are expected for the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning becoming partly sunny this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60s with light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 40s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southeast winds around 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 49° and a high of 68°.
The record low was 32° in 1959.
The record high was 85° in 1946.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:35AM
Sunset: 6:54PM
Length of day: 12:19:21
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.5 days old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:22PM
Moonset: 1:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

As I was taking pictures of corn chopping the other day, I noticed these wild grapes ripening on vines that were tangled in the scrubby trees along the Main Road.  This particular spot near the Alpaca Farm had a bountiful crop this season!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  280mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.